Its numerous contemporaries regard Ulysse Nardin to be a company of exceptional taste. Established 166 years ago by its namesake the brand has been presented with over 4,300 awards in watchmaking, 18 of them gold medals.
Originally this pioneering horologist began his career producing marine chronometers in the mountainous location of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
In 1983 Rolf W. Schnyder bought the company and employed the exceptional talents of Dr. Ludwig Oechslin to assist with design/engineering. This amazing partnership has proved invaluable in the progression and development of the brand. With the sad passing of Schnyder in 2011, CEO Patrik P. Hoffmann has now taken the helm. This transition has resulted in the production of a range of elegant and sophisticated timepieces designed for the discerning.
Recently Ulysse Nardin has manufactured a series of exquisite timepieces showcasing the sublime enamel cloisonné technique. These watches all display a meticulous attention to detail, as does the more rugged Black Sea. This superb watch was recently unveiled at Baselworld 2013 and is a new addition to an already successful range.
With a diameter of 45.8mm, the Ulysse Nardin Black Sea clearly displays diver watch proportions. The case is constructed from stainless steel with a vulcanized rubber coating. Ultimately this gives the watch a sporty appearance and high resistance to extreme conditions. The timepiece is also water resistant and can withstand depths of up to 200 meters. Aesthetically this theme is echoed in the wave pattern dial with contrasting blue indices and open worked hour/minute hands. Other cool features include the two sub dials displaying seconds, date and power reserve indicator.
Underneath the watch’s robust exterior lies the impressive Calibre UN-26. This mechanical self-winding movement comprises 28 jewels & delivers a respectable 42-hour power reserve. The Black Sea is supplied with a durable rubber strap with two ceramic elements and folding clasp.
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